Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos
Stats: 15 carries, 71 yards, two receptions, 31 yards and one touchdown
During the week, Royce Freeman was named the Denver Broncos starting quarterback but things played out differently than expected. Freeman split carries with Phillip Lindsay a scenario which will continue for at least another week.
Lindsay looked great and took advantage of every opportunity. The main reason he had so many touches is because he was the hot hand.
This is a quick twitch athlete who hits the hole in a hurray. He differs from Freeman who is more of a power back. The fact that Lindsay is a different type of runner could mean that he keeps a role in the offense.
Now, you should note that the Seattle Seahawks defense struggled shutting down the run. Both Lindsay and Freeman averaged nearly four yards per carry.
We can’t discount the play of the Broncos offensive line which was creating a lot of running room. Outside of Case Keenum’s interceptions, Denver’s offense looked strong and potentially a unit capable of putting up some big numbers.
Add Lindsay in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield could be what keeps him on the field. Freeman’s stock isn’t in decline because he looked equally impressive.